Eyebrow tattoos are a common body alteration procedure, especially for people who have either over-plucked their eyebrows or lost them due to health problems. Commonly referred to as "permanent makeup," these tattoos are applied to achieve a look similar to real eyebrows. Unfortunately, tattoos are not always done correctly and can leave you wishing you never got them in the first place. When you're tired of your tattoo, one of the most effective ways to remove it without leaving a scar is by laser removal at a local clinic.
Bring photo identification to the laser clinic. Many laser tattoo removal clinics require that you be at least 18 years of age.
Fill out the necessary forms at the clinic to evaluate your overall medical history. The clinic staff needs to carefully evaluate your medical history to determine whether or not you are healthy enough to be a candidate for laser tatoo removal.
Test the type of ink that was used to create the eyebrow tattoos. Your clinician will carefully test the tattoos because certain permanent makeup ink can actually become darker with laser treatment, according to the San Diego Tattoo Laser Removal Clinic.
Ask the doctor about receiving a topical or injectable numbing agent before the session begins. Laser tattoo removal feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin, which can be painful--especially since the treatment area is close to the eyes. Numbing agents help reduce the pain, but may not always be offered before the procedure, depending on the clinic.
Lie as still as possible as the laser specialist uses the laser to remove the tattoo ink. The laser is calibrated so that the ink absorbs the energy from the laser. The body can then absorb the ink and naturally break it down.
Schedule any necessary follow-up visits with the clinic before leaving. Several treatments may be needed before full results are seen.
Follow the proper aftercare procedures. Keep the treated area clean and dry for 24 hours. Avoid the sun because laser treatment may make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Dermabrasion or surgical excision can also be used to remove an eyebrow tattoo, but the side effects--such as scarring--and recovery time are less with laser tattoo removal, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.